TSGT RICHARD W. VERNOR (Age 20) Tech Sergeant – United
States Army DOD: September 22, 1944
TSGT Vernon was reported missing in action from a flight over
Germany on September 17,
1944. Information that he had
died came from the German government via the Red Cross.
PARENTS: Mr. &
Mrs. Oliver Vernor, 806 Lorena Avenue, Wood River
Vernon graduated from EAWRCHS and was employed at Standard Oil
before entering service at Scott Field March 27, 1942. He took
his primary training at Miami Beach, FL and later trained at
Keesler Field, MISS and Laredo, Texas. He went overseas in
June, 1944 and served as first engineer and gunner of a B-24
Liberator when his plane was shot down on a raid over the rail
center of Kessel, Germany.
The Air Medal with an Oak
Leaf Cluster was awarded posthumously and presented to his
mother with family members present and also Betty Holpher,
fiancée of Sgt.Vernon on April 27, 1945.
The award was
for meritorious achievement in accomplishing, with
distinction, several aerial operation missions over occupied
continental Europe. The courage, coolness and skill displayed
by the individual in face of dangerous opposition materially
aided the successful completion of these missions, and his
action reflected great credit upon himself and the armed
forces of the U.S., according to a written government
testimony which Major Wyeth presented. He was previously
awarded the Purple Heart.